EpiCanvas enables field personnel and data scientists alike to leverage the extraordinary advances in surveillance science available to public health agencies in tracking and responding to disease outbreaks. These advances while informing epidemiological community with multiple streams of heterogeneous data arising from varied surveillance systems has also overloaded users with the herculean task of integrating essentially too much data. As a result public health personnel have experienced an overload of plots and charts as information visualization techniques have not kept pace with the rapid expansion in data availability.

EpiCanvas advances the science of public health surveillance data visualization by providing an ‘epidemiological canvas’ for detection, monitoring, exploration and discovery of regional infectious disease activity on what could be termed an ‘infectious disease weather map’.

The design of the EpiCanvas system is based on cognitive task analysis with public health epidemiologists and tested in pilot trials using retrospective data from a large, regional pediatric hospital, and gastrointestinal and respiratory disease outbreaks[1].

EpicanvasPublished: [1] J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2012 Nov-Dec;19(6):954-9. doi: 10.1136/amiajnl-2011-000486. Epub 2012 Feb 22, The EpiCanvas infectious disease weather map: an interactive visual exploration of temporal and spatial correlations. Gesteland PH1Livnat YGalli NSamore MHGundlapalli AV.